There’s a new sheriff in town. Okay, maybe not a new sheriff, but here in Downtown Portland, there’s a new take on an old look emerging and we’re calling it Funky Prairie. Down home D.I.Y. Is merging with high fashion with a slightly gothic twist. Think Little House on the Prairie meets Rodarte’s Fall 2011 collection meets the 1996 Fairuza Balk teen witch flick, The Craft. Emphasizing comfort with this rural/urban mish mash comes with ease by throwing on layers of flowing lace accented with leather and fur (or faux if you’re veg). Don’t be afraid of over accessorizing with chunky, angular and spiky metallic and turquoise jewelries. Guys, get out your funky western button ups and pearl snaps. Pile on that denim on denim on denim. Canadian tuxedo? No. Tell the haters that this is America, we love denim and we’re free to wear as much of it as we want. Don’t be afraid to throw in just a touch of velvet (a big trend in mens and womens wear this fall) to soften the hard edges of your tough cowboy aesthetic. Tie on that bolo, tuck a sprig of native grasses in your hat and you’re ready to ride.